Vol. 2, No. 3, December 2017
The Port of Brownsville FTZ has consistently ranked in the top five nationally since 2012, and the second time in two years that it achieves the nation’s number two ranking.
FTZ No. 62 Ranks Second in the Nation for the Value of Exports
Foreign Trade Zone No. 62 (FTZ) at the Port of Brownsville ranks second in the nation for the value of exports during 2016, according to the U.S. Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ) Board's annual report to Congress.

The port's FTZ reported more than $2.8 billion in exported goods in 2016. Additionally, FTZ No. 62 ranked 25th nationally for the value of imports totaling more than $2.5 billion. The Port of Brownsville FTZ has consistently ranked in the top five nationally since 2012, and this marks the second time in two years that it achieved the nation’s number two ranking.
Brownsville Navigation District Chairman John Wood (fourth from left) presents the Chairman's Award to ISL President Chris Green (center) and the ISL management team.
POB Recognizes ISL with Inaugural Chairman's Award
The Port of Brownsville presented International Shipbreaking Ltd. (ISL) with its inaugural Chairman's Award in recognition of the company's outstanding commitment to community, economic development, and representation of the port to trading partners around the world.

The Chairman's Award was presented to ISL at the Port of Brownsville's annual customer appreciation luncheon held Dec. 5.
The Port of Brownsville moves more steel into Mexico than any U.S. seaport. Last year, more than 2.3 million tons of steel slab, plates, wire rod, hot-rolled and cold-rolled steel, beams, pig iron, ingots, chrome ore, and other forms steadily flowed from Brownsville’s docks to Mexican manufacturers.
NAFTA: A Steely Outlook
Negotiations are under way to overhaul the North America Free Trade Act (NAFTA). Uniquely situated, the Port of Brownsville is the only deepwater port on the U.S.-Mexico border and ships more steel into Mexico than any other American harbor. The Port of Brownsville is embedded on the front lines of this evolving story and the companies that operate there are deeply concerned with NAFTA's outcome.
BND and Cameron County Sign MOU Fostering Economic Development
As a catalyst for economic development and job growth, the Brownsville Navigation District (BND) Board of Commissioners signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Cameron County to work together on business expansion opportunities.

"The Port of Brownsville and Cameron County have always enjoyed a cooperative working relationship when it comes to growing and strengthening the local and regional economy," said John Wood, BND Chairman. "Activity at the Port of Brownsville has a $2 billion economic impact regionally, and Cameron County is working diligently to attract capital investment and industry. It makes sense that we would combine our efforts to improve the county's economic viability."
POB Awarded Excellence in Financial Reporting

For the sixth consecutive year, the Brownsville Navigation District has received the highest form of recognition for governmental accounting and financial reporting for its 2016 comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).

"The Brownsville Navigation District financial team is committed to full financial transparency, as are the BND commissioners," said John Wood, BND chairman. "We commend the team on their commitment to the district's taxpayers and congratulate them on this well-deserved recognition."

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) established the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Program (CAFR Program) in 1945 to encourage and assist state and local governments to go beyond the minimum requirements of generally accepted accounting principles to prepare comprehensive annual financial reports that evidence the spirit of transparency and full disclosure and then to recognize individual governments that succeed in achieving that goal.

Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC, a registered public accounting firm, audited all financial statements related to the CAFR.
Deputy Port Director Donna Eymard (third from left) with several Port of Brownsville employees who are veterans.
Veterans Day Recognition

The Port of Brownsville recognized its employees and Brownsville Navigation District commissioners who are veterans on Nov. 13. Veterans at the port served in the Army, Coast Guard, Marines and Navy. They are:

  • Rogelio Acevedo
  • BND Commissioner Ralph Cowen
  • Rolando Doria
  • Stephen Fitzgibbons
  • Jorge O. Moreno
  • Jose Luis Ramirez
  • Steven Tyndal
  • BND Chairman John Wood

Coast Guard
  • Carlos Martinez

  • Carlos L. Garcia
  • Ernest Garcia
  • Juan Martinez III
  • Juan Carlos Valles

  • Victor Gunnoe
  • Yvette Torres
  • Joseph Beckner






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December 6
BND Board Meeting

December 7
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

December 13

December 20
BND Board Meeting

December 21
Winter Begins

December 25
Christmas - Port offices closed Dec. 25-26

December 26
Kwanzaa Begins
Boxing Day (Canada)

January 1
New Year's Day - Port offices closed

January 3
BND Board Meeting

January 15
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 16-18

January 17
BND Board Meeting

January 17-18

January 23-24
Union Pacific Railroad Business Development (Omaha, NE)

January 30-31
AAPA Planning for Shifting Trade (Tampa, FL)

February 2
Groundhog Day
NextDecade Planning Two Trains for LNG Project in Brownsville
NextDecade Corp. said it is considering a plan to use two production trains for its proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility in South Texas, but it still plans to eventually have six trains running at the facility near the Mexican border.

The Woodlands, Texas, based company said it could make a final investment decision on its Rio Grande LNG project with as few as two trains, which would have the capacity to export up to 9 million metric tons/year (mmty) of LNG.
NextDecade said the project, to be built on a 1,000-acre site in the Port of Brownsville, was scalable, and that a full complement of six trains would be capable of exporting 27 mmty -- roughly the equivalent of 3.6 Bcf/d -- over a 30-year period.
FMC Commissioner Stepping Down
U.S. Federal Maritime Commissioner (FMC) William P. Doyle is stepping down from the regulatory body, effective Jan. 3, 2018, Doyle said in a statement.

Doyle, who was appointed in 2013 by President Barack Obama, informed President Donald Trump of his decision last week, according to the statement.

Absent an immediate replacement, the move will leave the FMC with only three remaining commissioners: Chairman Michael Khouri, and commissioners Rebecca Dye and Daniel Maffei. Former Chairman Mario Cordero departed in 2017 to become executive director of the Port of Long Beach.
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